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Anton “Toni” Trgovcevic

January 21, 1936 - May 6, 2024

On Monday, May 6th, 2024, Anton “Toni” Trgovcevic passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family.  Predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Roswitha (née Strasser) (2023), loving father of Richard (Suzanne), cherished uncle of Susan Miletic-Mizzi (Paul) and Tayler Mizzi, and the best Dido ever to grandchildren, Kendryck Trgovcevic (Josh) and Eric Trgovcevic.

Anton was born in Svilaj, Yugoslavia on January 21, 1936.   Anton’s parents, Blaz and Eva Trgovcevic, had three children.  Predeceased by his brother Mato (1926 – 2001) and sister Janja (1928 – 2020).  Anton left Yugoslavia in 1956 to escape the communist regime.   He settled in Austria, where he met the love of his life, Roswitha Strasser.  They were unable to immigrate to Canada until passing a health check.  Unfortunately, Anton received a false positive for Tuberculosis and had to stay at a Tuberculosis hospital in the Austrian Alps.  During his two years in the Alps, he apprenticed to be a leather cobbler making shoes and purses.  Anton and Roswitha were finally able to immigrate to Canada in 1960.  The couple married and settled in St. Thomas, Ontario.  Anton worked in tobacco, construction and became a loyal Ford Motor Company employee.  He retired from Ford in 1998 after 26 years of service.

Family was always Anton’s first priority and the most important and sacred part of his life.  Anton and Roswitha had only one child, Richard.  Richard was the most important person in their lives.  They were so very proud of him.  Spending time together fishing, at the trailer in Long Point, watching Richard play high school sports (never missed a game), tinkering on equipment, any moment Anton could be with Richard brought him joy.

To say Anton was a people person would be an understatement.  He was well–known and his stories were legendary at Marina Shores in Long Point; this was Anton’s favourite place to be.  He would regularly disappear in the morning and then reappear for dinner after getting the low-down on the entire park’s latest news.  Anton would always be the first one to help out and also the first one to let everyone know how it should be done correctly.  There was nothing Anton would not do for his friends and family (except cook – thankfully Roswitha kept everyone well-fed).

Being of Yugoslavian heritage, his priorities were family, friends, food, togetherness, and Slivovitz.  Toni did not consider a celebration complete without svinjetina (pork) or prase (pig), a shot (or many more) of the traditional plum brandy, Slivovitz, and finish off with the dessert of palacnike and baklava.  You never left Toni’s company hungry, thirsty or bored.  When people say Toni was a one of a kind, he truly was.  Anton will be missed but never forgotten – he is a legend to his family and the many, many friends who loved him. Friends and family are welcome for visitation at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Thursday, May 9, 2024, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment at Woodland Cemetery at 12:00 p.m.  Reception to follow.  In lieu of flowers, donations in honour of Anton may be directed to the Canadian Cancer Society.



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A donation has been made to Canadian Cancer Society. Message from the donator: We hate that we couldn't be there to honour your dad but we were thinking of you and your family. Both Tony and Roswitha meant a lot to us and we will miss stopping in for a visit with them at Long Point. Over 40 years for Dan and 38 for me. Wow time flies doesn't it Their generosity and warm welcomes were a staple. We will remember them with a smile and cherish the many memories.

~ Dan and Gloria DeVos

Toni was alway a kind hearted individual, alway said hello all these years. Will miss his smile, and laugh. Deepest Condolences Richie to you and your family. Your dad was one of a kind.

~ Ben N. Swindall

Trigger, sending you and your family all our love and support with the loss of your father. We're here for you Trigg!! Love your Golden Helmet brothers and sisters!!

~ OPP Golden Helmets

Dear Toni will be so missed by all who knew him. Condolences to Richie and the Family from one of Your many neighbours and good friends at “The Point”.

~ Anne Crudden and Family

Services for Anton “Toni” Trgovcevic

Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

May 9, 2024 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Funeral Service will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

May 9, 2024 11:00 am

Interment will be held at:
Woodland Cemetery
493 Springbank Drive,
London, Ontario

May 9, 2024 12:00 pm

Reception will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

May 9, 2024 12:30 pm

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